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The cost of free housing

Over the years I have often seen the homeless poorly treated by lawmakers who try to make it a crime to be without a home. People are arrested and fined for sleeping in the park or just napping in their car. Even tents are destroyed with razors to let the poor they are not welcome.

“You will have the poor with you always, and whensoever you will you may do them good...” Mark 14:7

But the increase in the poor and your right to choose to do good is pointing to factors seldom addressed by those who claim to want to solve the problem. People are often looking for solutions for the symptoms rather than the source of the dilemma.

“In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent, and is on track to end homelessness by 2015."[1]

Free housing for the homeless. They decided because it cost annually $16,670 per homeless person because of E.R. visits and jail that it would be cheaper ( $11,000) to just provide each homeless person with an apartment and a social worker.

The comments on the page where I read this report were entirely in favor of this idea praising and applauding the benefaction of the state which is even more frightening than the idiots who created this program. But we should not be surprised at this because history has warned us of the follies of mankind and few today know enough of true history to keep society from making the same mistakes again and again.

The idea of just paying the poor for being poor or the idea of a life wage

This is a very bad idea for the government to give homes or apartments away for free to the poor because of at least two obvious reasons.

"Any government powerful enough to give the people all that they want is also powerful enough to take from the people all that they have." and because,

"Accustomed to trample on the rights of others, you have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you."Abraham Lincoln in a Speech at Edwardsville, Ill., Sept. 13, 1858

The needy of your society use to be taken care of by charity. When you provide for some of society by taking away from other groups or individuals no one will be free and the poor will be weakened along with the whole of society. It will eventually divide society where charity will diminish.

Lincoln, in the same speech, said, "The difference between the Republican and the Democratic parties on the leading issues of this contest, as I understand it, is that the former consider slavery a moral, social and political wrong, while the latter do not consider it either a moral, a social or a political wrong; and the action of each, as respects the growth of the country and the expansion of our population, is squared to meet these views."

Actually there is little difference between them now except in the rate at which they wish to diminish liberty. The truth is both sides now wish to enslave one group of the people if not all. In the slave states some people were forced to give a portion of their labor without compensation so that others may sit comfortably without working. Today thousands still are being forced to labor where a portion of the product of their sweat is taken from them so that others may sit comfortably without working.

Instead of calling the modern forced labor without pay slavery we can call it by the French term corvée. “Slaves never became an important ingredient of Egyptian civilization. The large subject population and enforceable corvée system - by which serfs had to work temporarily as slaves - made a permanent force of slaves unnecessary.”[2] “ The man who gives me employment, which I must have or suffer, that man is my master, let me call him what I will.” [3]

Lincoln went on to say that "... this government was instituted to secure the blessings of freedom, and that slavery is an unqualified evil to the negro, to the white man, to the soil, and to the State." Yet the whole nation is now brought into servitude again. We explain the details of this corvée system of tribute by servitude common in almost every nation today in chapter 4 of the book The Covenants of the gods.[4]

Call it slavery or servitude but forcing a man to work without the full benefit of his labor so that another does not have to labor is still bondage and should be “consider it either a moral, a social or a political wrong.” In order to provide housing for the homeless some have deemed it wise to take from others by force to provide benefits for others. This is not charity nor is it love. It is exactly what Christ told us not to do. What you are doing is enslaving one class of citizen to benefit another.

Lincoln continued with "Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in us. Our defense is in the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism at your own doors. Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage and you prepare your own limbs to wear them."

But modern Americans do not love liberty as much as the love license, especially when it guarantees that men who call themselves benefactors will have the power to exercise authority to force your neighbor to provide for what they want.

Americans do not even know what a free society looks like since it has been so long since they lived in one. To even suggest that they have a long time ago lost their freedom is an unthinkable truth denied daily. It would understandable be preferred to imagine that we are still a free people but that is not the truth.

If any American did desire freedom few of them know what to do to obtain that liberty and fewer would do what it takes to obtain it even if you explained it to them. But I believe amongst the people of the world, many of them may be Americans there is a hope for a return to liberty. It will not be easy or quick and there will be great resistance to any such endeavor.

The first thing we must admit is that we made a mistake and that error begins with our own change of how we relate to neighbors and needs.

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  2. History of Slavory, Susan Everett
  3. Henry George - Social Problems, Ch. V.